Sunderland’s woeful year at home sees no sign of ending. They’ve at least started scoring a few goals of late but their record at the Stadium of Light is so bad, you sense they’ll almost be disappointed to return back to Wearside following a few more promising showings on the road. With Bristol City going very well, the smart money looks to lie with the visitors here.
The bookies are struggling to decide upon a favourite for this match. Given Sunderland’s last home win in any competition was way back on 17th December 2016 that’s a bit surprising. Since beating Watford for a rare Premier League win, the Black Cats have played 17 home matches, lost 10 and drawn 7. Even dropping down to the Championship has brought no relief and they currently have an average of just 0.33 points per home game in the Second tier.
Bristol City seem to relish the big stage and were again very impressive against Premier League opposition in the League Cup in midweek as they dismantled Crystal Palace to move into the Quarter-Finals. It was the perfect response to a real setback against Leeds in the league last weekend and they will fancy they can back it up with another three points here.
The Robins have scored 1.54 goals per game this term in the Championship and haven’t lost any of their last six competitive away games. Those haven’t been easy fixtures either with their three most recent away games all against top half sides, while they’ve also won at Premier League Watford in the League Cup during that period.
With Sunderland playing with absolutely no belief at home, backing Bristol City Draw No Bet at 10/11 looks to offer real value here.
Going for Bristol City to score over 1.5 goals at 11/8 could also be worth a punt, given Sunderland have the joint worst defensive record in the Championship with 1.92 goals per game conceded.
Backing Famara Diedhiou to score anytime at 21/10 also looks good providing he can shake off a knock sustained in midweek. The Senegalese striker has found the net in 5 of his last 9 appearances for the Robins.
Head To Head
This will be the first 21st Century meeting between the clubs. They last met in the second tier back in the 1998/99 season and played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.
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